Do you want to help create a happier and more caring society? If
so, please join our movement, add your pledge and we'll send you
practical action ideas to make a difference at home, at school, at
work or in your community
I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me
Already have an account
Or register to contribute
follow us on twitter & facebook
13 Dec 2010 | Greater Good Science Centre
Holiday shopping can be terrifying, yes. But research suggests
it's worth it: New studies attest to the benefits of giving-not
just for the recipients but for the givers' health and happiness,
and for the strength of entire communities.
Of course, you don't have to shop to reap the benefits of
giving. Research suggests the same benefits come from donating to
charities or volunteering your time, like at a soup kitchen or a
A 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton
and colleagues found that giving money to someone else lifted
participants' happiness more that spending it on themselves
(despite participants' prediction that spending on themselves would
make them happier). Happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor
of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, saw
similar results when she asked people to perform five acts of
kindness each week for six weeks.
These good feelings are reflected in our biology. In a 2006
study, Jorge Moll and colleagues at the National Institutes of
Health found that when people give to charities, it activates
regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection,
and trust, creating a "warm glow" effect. Scientists also believe
that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain,
producing the positive feeling known as the "helper's high."
Read article here
Action for Happiness
I lead a local history walk so people can get to know their town nulla facilisi. Curabitur enim lacus, gravida nec, varius nec, blandit id, libero. Morbi orci velit, porttitor sed, imperdiet ac, ullamcorper id, arcu. Etiam cursus diam eu null.
We just need a little bit of information about you before we can add this to ouractions for happiness.
We’ll be in touch soon to give you updates on how the movement is growing